Finnian Covey-Shannon, a freshman here at the University of Florida, is a self-taught artist who works mainly with ink and paper. He's been drawing since he can remember. His journey through art has not been an easy one, but one with many speed bumps and warning signs that read self doubt ahead. He flirted with the bass guitar, but ended up returning to his original love of drawing. Finnian’s parents, who have encouraged his self-expression, have been with him along this journey of progression. When Finnian was younger, he loved to draw Disney characters and often saw himself working at Pixar in the future. However, as Finnian’s expression grew, he unknowingly discovered his incredibly individual and unique style.
His intriguing work is reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s illustrations. Finnian, like many artists, shares in the struggle of defining his art and himself as an artist. When we spoke to him, we asked what his source of inspiration was. He answered in the most beautiful way: “I’m not sure what inspires me. It’s a tough question. No one has the right answer, otherwise creative blocks wouldn’t exist. I think I draw a lot of inspiration from humanity, be it our emotions, our history, or what have you.” Looking at his work, you can definitely tell that he has humanity in mind. Some pieces of Finnian’s work seem to represent a perfect satire that captures the state of humanity today.
Finnian draws his artistic energy from a multitude of sources, may it be from a physical space, state of mind, or genre of music. We asked him what his creative methods entail and he, like many of us, is not married to his methods, but instead has a polygamous relationship with various states of creation. He seems to agree that methodology in creative spaces can ebb and flow depending on state of mind. Sometimes he finds himself very devoted to perfection while other times he is more willing to go with the flow of things.
Before concluding the interview, he left us with a message, and that is: “anyone can cook.” He, of course, did not necessarily mean cooking, but creating. There is no perfect recipe that brings about a perfectly delicious piece of art. However, it takes patience and inspiration, which are some things that Finnian holds in abundance. We are so excited to see what he brings to the table in the future.
Written by Darby Webb
Photos by: Jessie White and Andres Colmenares,
Edited by Mirjam Frosth